Black Hippy and Top Dawg Entertainment members Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q and Jay Rock appear on the cover of XXL’s October/November issue. The cover photograph was shot by acclaimed photographer Jonathan Mannion, who has photographed album covers for DMX and Jay Z, among others.
The issue, which names TDE “Rap’s Illest Crew,” is set to include a tenth anniversary piece regarding OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. The magazine’s article is also set to feature Andre 3000 and Big Boi discussing the fifteenth anniversary of their critically acclaimed album Aquemini, which was released in September 1998.
Big Sean, Chance the Rapper and Yo Gotti also appear in the October/November issue.
TDE added new members to its roster this year. Singer SZA was added to the imprint in August.
“To be the first female on TDE is more…it’s really just more important to me to be a part of TDE, rather than the first female,” SZA said in a September interview with MTV. “They’ve worked with girls in the past, incredible [artists] like Alori [Joh] and Jhene [Aiko]. So for me, it’s just honestly being a part of a collective, such as TDE. That’s what’s more insane to me. They don’t treat me like the girl, in the best ways though. No one tries to baby me or walk over me ’cause I’m a girl. They just let me fight for what I believe in and let me be as creative as I want to be and just give me free reign. So I love that.”
TDE also added Isaiah Rashad, a Chattanooga, Tennessee rapper, to the roster in September.
TDE appeared in the BET Hip Hop Awards cypher, which aired yesterday (October 15). The cypher has been in the headlines because Kendrick Lamar appears to diss Drake in his verse. The cypher can be viewed below via MWP, followed by the XXL cover.
The cover can be viewed below, via xxlmag.com.